Monthly Archives: December 2010

Cuban New Years Eve Tradition with a Nicolita bikini twist

My grandmother and parents would always do some Cuban superstitions on New Years Eve. I remember the first time my grandmother told me to eat 12 grapes I thought she was crazy. As I grew older, it was something I … Continue reading

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Cono Que Rico #11 & #12! Fried Plantains

Plantains Tostones 2 green plantains Oil for frying Salt Preparation: Heat the oil to 375 degrees. While the oil is heating up, peel the green plantains and then cut them into 3/4 inch slices. Fry the slices in the hot … Continue reading

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Cono Que Rico #9 & #10! Cuban sides that you cannot live without.

SIDES Black Beans and White Rice 1 pound dried black beans 4 cups of water 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped ¼ pound salt pork, chopped 1 pound smoked ham hocks, cut in … Continue reading

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Cono Que Rico #8! Mom’s Arroz con Pollo.

This arroz con pollo dish was my Mom’s go-to dish. It was a staple meal in our house at least once a week. Servings: 6 Ingredients: 1 three pounds chicken 2/3 cup oil ¼ kilogram onions 1 stalk of parsley … Continue reading

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Cono Que Rico #7! Ropa Vieja

So, I know I said that Cuban and Media Noche sandwiches were ‘hands down’ my favorite Cuban food, but I’m also going to have to make an exception for Ropa Vieja too. Ropa Vieja, when prepared with lots of love … Continue reading

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Cono Que Rico #4 & #5! Let’s get this Cuban kitchen started. Sofrito and Mojo

In Cuban cuisine, sofrito is prepared in a similar fashion, but the main components are onions, garlic, and green bell peppers. It is a base for beans, stews, rices, and other dishes, including ropa vieja and picadillo. Other secondary components include, but are not limited to: tomato sauce, dry white wine, cumin, bay leaf and cilantro (coriander). Continue reading

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Cono Que Rico #2 & #3! Cuban and Media Noche Sandwiches

One of my Cuban weaknesses is Cuban and Media Noche sandwiches. These are ‘hands down’ my favorite Cuban food. (These are not on the Nicolita bikini diet, but everything is fine in moderation.) I just love how the buttered bread … Continue reading

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Cono Que Rico #1! Meat Croquettes you will love!

There is nothing like freshly made croquettes before a big Cuban feast. These little amazing creatures are the perfect Cuban appetizer to serve to your guest.**Warning, once you start, it’s extremely hard to stop eating these croquettes Meat Croquettes Servings: … Continue reading

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Cono que RICO!! Top 15 Cuban Dishes to Learn how to cook.

I’ve just recently gotten more interested in cooking and baking, but my Cuban cooking skills definitely need a little ‘fine tuning’. Over the next week I am listing my TOP 15 Cuban Dishes to master in the New Year. So … Continue reading

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Engagement Photos…60′s retro hits the beach

Engagement photo sessions have been extremely popular with couples who are about to tie the knot. Photo sessions can be as simple as a black and white portrait, to over the top in props and set design. Even though I’m … Continue reading

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